Tired of taking the kids to the same old holiday haunts? Try these bonkers days out instead.

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Secret nuclear bunker

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Okay, it might not be so secret anymore, but Kelvedon Hatch, a decommissioned nuclear bunker in the heart of Essex, is a scary reminder of how we lived under the fear of nuclear attack during the cold war. Apocalyptic fun for all the family!

 

The Pencil Museum

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This tourist draw is home to none other than the world’s first pencil, the Cumberland Pencil Museum is sure 2b (geddit?) a great day out. With regular events including silk painting, drawing classes and colouring sessions for the kids, a trip to Keswick without visiting the pencil museum would be like a broken pencil – pointless.

 

The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

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Built in 1852 to go along with the the Crystal Palace after its move from the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, these beasts are somewhat of a Victorian oddity. They seem a little shoddy to our modern understanding of Dinosaur anatomy but were a huge hit at the time and even predated Darwin’s Origin Of The Species by six years. Dino-mite!

 

The British Lawnmower Museum

Cutting in fine

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The British Lawnmower Museum is a cut above the rest and exhibits lawnmowers of the rich and famous including Hilda Ogden’s Qualcast Panther!

 

Gnome Magic

No place like gnome

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If you’re partial to little beardy fellas fishing in your garden then Gnome Magic is the place for you. With over 800 gnomes, a tea-room,  museum, conservatory and gnome painting, make gnome mistake, this is a cracking day out!

 

Diggerland

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There’s buckets of fun to be had at Diggerland. They have four different sites through out the UK where adults and children can ride, drive and operate real full size diggers! A hole lot of fun!

 

Teapot Island

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We Brits love a cuppa, so get yourself over to Teapot Island where they have over 6700 teapots on display. You can also paint your own pottery which is then fired for you on site so you can take it home. Tea-riffic!

 

Would take your family on one of these bonkers days out?